Did the Liverpool executive over-react?

February 15, 1901
The recent suspension of five Liverpool players by their club for leaving the field during a Combination match, without the permission of the referee, will be reconsidered by the Lancashire Association (who confirmed the suspension) at Bolton next Monday. The referee, Mr. Foster, of Accrington, who has been required to explain why he did not report the incident, contends that the affair was greatly exaggerated, and that the men were only absent a short time for the purpose of changing their wet clothes. (Northampton Mercury: February 15, 1901)